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Muintir na Déise: Jimmy Breathnach

Muintir na Déise: Jimmy Breathnach Muintir na Déise: Jimmy Breathnach
Mary O'Neill

In this episode of Muintir na Déise, we hear from Jimmy Breathnach.

Each episode in this series features an individual who has been closely associated with or has lived all his/her life in Gaeltacht na nDéise.

This 2nd series of Muintir na Déise features people from An Rinn, Waterford's Gaeltacht.

The programmes are presented by Waterford and Ring native, broadcaster and writer Catherine Foley.


The participants tell their stories of growing up, finding work, getting married, rearing families as well as their beliefs, wisdom and reflections on life as it was lived in this corner of Waterford during the last century.

This all-Irish series celebrates their lives as well as showcase the wealth of Irish that is still spoken and used in the Ring and Old Parish Gaeltacht area.

About Jimmy Breathnach

Jimmy Breathnach was born in Baile na nGall to Tomás and Hannah Walsh.

He loved growing up in the Gaeltacht where he had freedom as a boy, doing messages for neighbours and working on local farms.


After leaving school he joined the army and travelled overseas with the catering corps as a member of the UN peace keeping forces.

He recalls the day of his wedding to Josie Kiely and the birth of their three children. Once retired he returned home and turned his hand to driving the OB for a local TV production company.

He talks about his travels in his camper van on the continent and his interest in meeting people of all races and religions, his interest in art and his love of his three grandchildren.

To listen to the full conversation click the link in this podcast.

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